Purest Form of Cacao from Guatemala
We have traveled to Guatemala quiet a few times and have formed a beautiful relationship with Cacao Source, a cacao distributor founded by Jojo and Doro, who weave their knowledge of global politics, environmental stewardship, community connection, Mayan wisdom, and cacao ceremonies to bring this incredible plant to the world with all respect and reverence.
While on our trip, we visited local farms and connected directly to the source of cacao. We learned so much about the history of cacao, the many benefits and most importantly the importance of environmental restoration of cacao prevservation and its sacred ceremonies.
Proceeds from Cacao Source support local farmers who independently own their own organic cacao farm and 3 women's collective around Lake Atitlan who use ancient methods to process the cacao.
Learn more about Cacao Source by visiting www.sourcecacao.com
Benefits of Cacao:
Purple Lotus Massage and Wellness House Recipe for Ceremonial Cacao:
Serves 2-3 people
Combine all ingredients in a pot, keep on a low simmer. Taste and adjust sweetness to your liking.
While the cacao is blending together, set your intentions. Cacao is a heart opener. Send blessings and gratitude to this ancient medicinal purest form of chocolate.
Serve warm. Suggested to observe the smell, color and taste before fully consuming.
How I Recovered from Covid
After my fourth year of the Moon Dance in Mexico in October 2020, I not-so-surprisingly returned with Covid. The symptoms I experienced were: pounding headache for a few days, a low grade fever, slight chest pain in the middle of the night which didn't last very long, and most interestingly, body aches that did not feel like the typical body aches. I couldn't tell if the body aches were a muscular or nervous system sensation, but either way, it felt like it was going to last FOREVER!
As soon as I returned home, I tapped into all of my health resources for a speedy recovery which took me exactly 2 weeks. I started with an Ayurvedic cleanse guided by my incredible Ayurvedic Health Coach, Ariel Aguilera, from Xicana Healing Elements.
The one thing I do know about this virus is that it affects everyone so similarly and differently at the same time. With that being said, the following are steps I took to get back to health, so take and leave what feels aligned with you.
Steps to Restoring Health
1. STAY HYDRATED & NOURISHED!
2. EAT EASILY DIGESTIBLE FOODS
Since we were in quarantine, I had more time for the following:
4. STAY CONNECTED
Sending you healing, loving energy!
Once you test negative, you will definitely need a massage afterwards so feel free to book a healing session once you are restored back to health!
As of 12/82020, Medical Massage is considered an essential service, which is why we feel it is important to share this following blog written by Sheila Johnson from wellsheila.net.
Navigating life during the pandemic has been extremely stressful, so no one can blame you if you’re craving a massage. The question is — is it safe to get a massage right now? With the right precautions, treating yourself to a soothing massage at Purple Lotus could be a wonderful idea. Check out the following resources to find answers to your burning questions about getting a massage in the pandemic era.
Q1: How can I relieve stress before my massage?
A1: If you’re feeling anxious about getting a massage during the pandemic, try a few relaxation strategies before heading to the studio.
Q2: How can I prevent the spread of COVID-19 during my massage?
A2: There are several things you can do to reduce your risk of spreading or contracting (or even transmitting) COVID-19 during your massage.
Q3: How can I make the most of my massage?
A3: Your massage will leave you feeling incredibly relaxed. Drink lots of water and stretch those muscles to hold onto this feeling as long as possible.
Aching for some relaxation time? Don your mask and head to your local wellness studio for some essential “me” time. We could all use a little more self-care these days! To book a massage at Purple Lotus, check out available services and schedule your session online.
In 2009 when I did my 9 month Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, one of the requirements was to do 5 mornings of sadhana which I enjoyed but did not return to considering it starts at 4:15am and goes until 6:30am.
Every new year, the Awareness Center, my Kundalini Yoga Studio/Spiritual Home in Pasadena, offers a 40-day challenge which I have never felt inspired to do until this year. At our full day retreat on 1/11/2020, I was calling in more self-discipline and self-discipline is what I am definitely receiving.
The benefits have been so incredibly astounding! I am finding that since I have started, magical things have been happening from getting Japanese and Canadian press at our weekly www.GanjaYoga.la events to unveiling subconscious wounding around certain relationships in my life. Even though waking up at 3:33am for this 4:15am practice is a challenge, I find that it is well worth every minute of missed sleep. Having a consistent meditation practice has been so instrumental in becoming less reactive and more present in conversations. I start my day of feeling fulfilled.
According the the 3HO.org website, "This sadhana prepares our psyches to excel in the new environments and coming decades."
What is the Aquarian Sadhana?
This morning practice which consists of the following:
Listening to the Japji, a Sikh prayer to balance all aspects of our being and to connect to our soul.
Curious to experience the
About the writer:
Marisa loves hoop dancing, riding her bicycle, playing, hosting gatherings, practicing yoga, traveling, meeting people, eating, and savoring dark chocolate covered strawberries and coconut ice cream. She strives to be fully present, compassionate, and act and connect from a place of love.